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Strong-willed mum signs up for walk

Belle and Jessie Chilvers.
Belle and Jessie Chilvers.

A woman is determined to complete a six mile walk, despite doctors saying it is not advisable with her condition.

Belle Chilvers, from Bury St Edmunds, is participating in the Girls Night Out walk challenge hosted by St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Belle, 49, was diagnosed with melanoma, a type of skin cancer in 2016.

She said: “I’m a positive person, I’m absolutely determined to take part this year.

“For me, this is so much more than a fundraiser. It’s about achieving a goal that I set myself some time ago.”

She is participating in the six mile challenge with her daughter, Jessie.

Jessie, 26, said: “I’m excited and also nervous, I’ll be picking up the pieces if it goes wrong.”

Jessie who lives in Ipswich said she may even piggy back her mum, across the finish line- if needs be.

Belle underwent surgery to remove a malignant tumour from her inner leg, this caused lymphodema which causes her problems with walking on an incline and uneven surfaces.

She said: “It’s the biggest thing I would have done since the surgery. The doctor said the walk was not advisable, that’s why I’ll be doing the first part in the rickshaw.”

Belle wanted to take part in the 2016 walk, but was unable to after she received the news of her diagnosis.

The Girls night out walk takes place on Saturday September, 8, where thousands will kit themselves out in their best pyjamas and a pair of glowing bunny ears to raise funds for the charity.

The walk is split into two distances either six or 11.2 miles, around Bury St Edmunds, it’s main sponsor is JM Finn.

The night out kicks off from Angel Hill at 8pm.

Belle said: “I know wanting to complete the six-mile route is very ambitious and it will be extremely tough, but I am determined to do it. I am very stubborn and won’t give up.
“I do have post-surgery muscle and nerve damage which means I constantly fall and have difficulty walking on an incline or on uneven surfaces, which is why I am grateful to be going in the rickshaw for the first section.”

Women can register for the sponsored walk for £15 per person, you can sign up online or pick up an application form at one of the hospice’s shops.

Belle said: “I have been working up my strength and endurance and I just want to give it a go. I will have my daughter Jessie with me. I have told her she might have to piggyback over the finish line, but I am looking forward to being able to take part with her.

“We are such a team and we always will be.”

St Nicholas Hospice Care looks after people experiencing long-term or life-threatening illnesses, dying, death and bereavement.

Belle said: “The hospice is somewhere which I may have to use when the time comes.”

To donate go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/belle-jessie-chilvers

Girls Night Out logo 2018.
Girls Night Out logo 2018.

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